Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship

The Ramalingaswami re-entry fellowship aims to attract highly skilled researchers working overseas in various disciplines of biotechnology. This is a re-entry scheme established by Department of Bio Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology and Government of India. Through this fellowship, the researchers are provided with an attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian Institutions.


The eligibility criteria for the fellowship are given below.

  • The applicants should hold a Ph.D., M.D., and M.Tech, M.VSc. or equivalent degree.
  • The applicants should have outstanding track record, considering his publications, recognitions, patents and with at least three years in their post- doctoral research in the overseas laboratories.
  • The applicants should be Indian Nationals working overseas.
  • The researchers who have already returned to India and are working in India are not eligible.
  • The applicants can be up to 55 years of age.

The applications can be downloaded online. These forms have to be duly filled with all proper details. The applicant has to attach all the required proofs and forward it directly to DBT.

Value of the fellowship

This program is for seniors, so the scientists are considered to be in the level of scientist-D. They are expected to take up teaching/research assignments and Supervising Doctoral or MS students. The scheme provides remuneration of Rs.85000/- per month. An amount of Rs.7500/- is provided as HRA to the fellows. This HRA is not given if the host institution provides accommodation or the fellows. The fellows will receive a contingency grant of Rs.10 lakhs for the first year, Rs.7.5 lakhs for the second year and 5 lakhs for the subsequent 3 years for the purchase of equipments, international and domestic travel, manpower and other contingent expenses.

DBT also encourages the host institutions to provide medical benefits, LTA and other allowances as per the norms. Fellows are also provided with an option for either drawing salary or the fellowship if they are provided with a permanent scientist position in the host institution. The awardee can change the institute only once during the course of the fellowship.

The actual tenure of this fellowship is five years. If the fellow needs an extension, it is provided for another five years, based on the performance and advancement the research has seen in the past five years. Also those who are able to secure permanent positions in the host institutions are not eligible for an extension in the tenure. So all the talented, eminent and scholarly scientists, who are working overseas now have an option to continue their desired research and development in their home country, India. With a huge grant for the fellowship, the Government and the departments join hand in providing all the facilities the scientist would need to pursue their research, developing themselves and the nation.